Communication is a very important aspect of identity and to being able to project oneself shows that one has a strong sense of nationality. The audacity of one’s voice shows the fearlessness, presumption, and assuredness of one’s character. Maxine Hong Kingston’s memoir The Woman Warrior shows the story of a Chinese-American, struggling to decide her position between an American society and her comfort zone of being Chinese. Through her mother’s brave adventures, her inability to speak up, and Fa Mu Lan’s mythical experiences, Kingston’s experiences from home and school, represents her inferiority to society in America and destroys her potential role as a strong, cunning individual.
Her mother’s fearless experience of fighting a ghost exemplifies Kingston’s potential abilities to use her genetically strong backbone. While her mother is such an adept, dominant woman who fought a ghost in China, Kingston carries a burden of being an unknown foreigner in America. In the section “Shaman”, Kingston writes, “To make my waking life American-normal, I turn on the lights before anything untoward makes an appearance” (Kingston, 71) She refers “untoward” to the so-called “ghosts” that roams throughout the whole novel, which describe the elusiveness of the interactions with her and majority of people in her literal life. As Kingston speaks upon the newspaper ghosts, black ghosts, & white ghosts, she’s talking about how helpless they are in her world, and how impossible it is to adapt to their cults. Kingston’s mother tends to find her own comfort zone with the Chinese for awhile, to escape the baggage of carrying two cultural identities. Kingston shows how her mother is this mysterical priest that can save lives, but behind an unknown Chinese immigrant. When Brave Orchid was offered to sleep in the room of the “sitting ghost,” she said, “’If I am very afraid when you find me ... Call my name and tell me how to get home’” (Kingston, 68).This...